I used to be motivated to retire young and wealthy and spend the rest of my life doing whatever would make me the happiest. I was focused on managing my money, my way.
However, my perspective about money has changed. I’ve learned about financial stewardship, generosity and God’s purpose for money. God showed me what it meant to manage His money, His way.
My thoughts on retirement began to change too. For the first time I understood the real meaning of financial freedom. Save and invest so that I can retire and be free to give more of my time and resources.
God’s Plan for Money versus the World’s Plan for Money
God’s financial plan is more about our hearts than our wallets. It’s about stewardship and generosity. God’s purpose for money isn’t for us to be financially free to satisfy our wants and desires. It’s to use money for generosity and His purposes.
This is in direct opposition to most of the media about money and personal finance we find online today, in bookstores or on TV. Most of the advice stems around tips and ideas to become financially free for our own benefit and purposes.
Not that finding new ways to save or make extra money, using personal finance software or getting the best online savings rates aren’t important. They are certainly part of making wise financial decisions.
However, God’s plan for money starts with the heart, not implementing the next trending tip to improve our financial future. Again, there is a place for tools and tips but they are certainly not the starting point, the foundation or nature of stewardship.
Knowing and living out a biblical perspective on money leads to better spending decisions, greater generosity and saving more because we want to do it to serve God with our time and resources.
A Steward’s Call to Action
In 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV), we are called to Prove faithful with the trust we have been given.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
This is an important call to action for me and a reminder that my job is to again manage God’s money, God’s way.
“Prove faithful” is actionable. It’s inspiring and it’s something we as financial stewards should strive to do in the management of our money, career, business and resources, again, for God’s purposes.
God has big plans for us and we can be a part of those plans if we are faithful. Doing so will provide us the opportunity to be more generous with our time and resources and achieve the true financial freedom that comes with managing money God’s way.
My commitment to this blog remains to provide inspiration and encouragement for financial stewardship and to help people “prove faithful” in their role as God’s stewards.
What do you think about 1 Corinthians 4:2 and this important call to action for God’s people?
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